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2 Two Wheel Gear – Review

Riding a big BMW or KTM adventure bike, I got used to having luggage on my bike. When riding a bicycle, I missed having a way to carry clothes without wrinkling them.  I just tested out a new product from Two Wheel Gear that makes luggage for bicycles. These aren’t typical panniers, these are more of a garment bag that quickly and securely lock to your bike’s rear rack so that you can bike to work  in your bike clothes, and then  change into work attire. The bag is very high quality and comes with it’s own hi-viz rain cover, that can also make a great cover for commuters who travel at low light times of day.

The first thing I liked was the high quality of the stitching and zippers. These are not some cheap flimsy bags – they are very durable.

I also like that the bag is designed with a slight kant – or angle, so that it doesn’t interfere with your feet when you are peddling.  The bag I used was the Executive 2.0 (AKA: Southwest Garment Pannier). This is a hybrid garment bag that has a padded laptop storage area, and pockets for all your daily gear and extra capacity for extended business trips. It mounts to any standard rear bike rack and comes with padded carrying straps so that it can double as carry-on luggage. Extremely water resistant and it comes with a  waterproof, fluorescent rain cover. It is made from premium, dry waxed canvas that is durable enough for the US military but is attractive enough for the office or the airport.

It is smaller than a typical garment bag, but it is only designed for a single day, and is more than enough room for everything you need for the office,  the gym, or a couple of days out of town.

I highly recommend it for those who bike to work and are looking for a quality bag for your daily bike commute.  I used the black bag, but it is also available in graphite.

Visit their website for more info on how to get one.

Technical Specifications

Bag hanging – H 38.5″ W 19″ D 3″
Bag folded / being carried – H 18″ W 19″ D 6″
Weight: 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
Volume: 55 L / 3,356 Cubic Inches
Material: Waxed Cotton/Polyester

NIGHT VISIBILITY Attachment loops for flashing lights
WATERPROOF RAIN COVER 210 HD Nylon – inverts into clip-on pouch – fluorescent green with reflective silver accents

5 internal pockets | 5 external expandable pockets | 17 inch padded laptop storage | Hangs 3-5 garments | Padded, removable shoulder strap | Top bag hanger/handle | Sides clip together for off bike carrying | 4 utility D-rings for clipping accessories | 2 loops for clipping additional lights | Padded internal garment strap | Leather logo embossed badging | Rain cover can be clipped to side or completely removed

Rob Keller MD Glutathione Rapid Boost – Review

Rob Keller MD Glutathione Rapid Boost
GRB sports drink after a trip.

I am always looking for better supplements to carry on motorcycle trips, and to use after working out. I had an opportunity to try out a new product called Glutathione Rapid Boost – GRB recently, and was very impressed. GRB is a sports drink that comes in powdered form. I tried the travel packs, which are small pouches that carry an individual serving. (Notice in my picture how it is close to the size of a pen) The benefits of GRB are something that can not only benefit someone who is doing competitive workouts, but anyone doing daily or weekly routines that stress that body. Riding a 650 lb bike off-road everyday can be very demanding. I need to be in good physical condition, alert at all times, and can often find myself picking up my bike or students’ bikes as many as 6 or 7 times a day. Doing this on a daily basis, I need something to help me recover quickly, and keep me mentally focused.

GRB offers a convenient way to consume Glutathione. Glutathione is arguably the most powerful antioxidant, and there is evidence that maintaining Glutathione levels will increase the ability of your cells to produce energy, decrease recovery time, assist cells to perform at an optimal level for a longer time. This is what I need!
GRB has also been found to be beneficial at reducing the symptoms of altitude sickness.
GRB’s effective ingredients are:
    Vitamin C –  Reduces the amount of oxidative damage caused by exercise.L-Theanine  –  An amino acid found in green tea. Supports improved concentration and attention span.Quercetin – A natural flavonoid shown to increase endurance, speed exercise recovery and fuel fat burn.N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine – Has been shown to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility.Selenium – A mineral known for its antioxidant properties. Reduces oxidative stress during exercise.Vitamin B6, B12 & Niacin – Important to the production and repair of cells, including red blood cells.

Each dose is in a small sleeve the is easy to pack. When you are ready to use it, just tear open, dump into a bottle of water, shake it up and drink it. It actually tastes pretty good, too.

If you are looking for a convenient way to boost your Glutathione levels, try GRB. I can’t imagine a more convenient and effective product.

Follow this  link for more information on the GRB sports drink:

Review – Moto-Skeevies

I have been wearing moto-skeevies shorts for over a year, and started wearing their socks about 6 months ago.

First, I want to say that both of these products are absolutely flawless, in their manufacturing quality. They are extremely high quality, durable products.

The shorts are not only designed to give a little extra padding where needed, but also to help wick moisture and keep you as cool as possible while you ride. In fact, they were designed using thermal imaging to insure comfort, cooling, and stress relief.


I have met people all over the country who all say the same thing; these are the most comfortable riding shorts period. Once you ride with them, you will never go back. In fact, most riders buy a 2nd or 3rd pair so that they never have to risk riding without their moto-skeevies on a long trip.

Some of my trips are 3 weeks long, and I know that I could never go back to just wearing shorts. The bunched up boxers… damp shorts… and heat that one experiences without them is a thing of the past. If you are riding over 4 hours a day, these shorts are a necessity.

Socks! What can I say about these socks? They are without a doubt the best motorcycling sock available. The are anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-edema, and anti-odor. I just made a video peeling off a pair in Baja, Mexico after riding for over 450 miles, and they didn’t even stink! These compression socks stay in place, come up above the calf, and prevent chafing and blistering. I love them. They wick moisture, and keep my boots from turning into a stinky swamp. I highly recommend these to anyone looking to make your rides more enjoyable.  Find them here –


Review – Black Dog Cycle Works Skid Plate

So a couple of weeks before I left for Baja, I was talking to Brad Barker, from The Ride of my Life. When he found out that I had not yet switched out my skid plate for the Black Dog Cycle Works skid plate, he insisted that I needed to do that BEFORE I went to Baja… not after. So I agreed and within 5 minutes, Brad had ordered me a skid plate and it was on the way.  He’s awesome!

A few days later it arrived, and James and I installed it on my ’09 BMW 1200 GS Adventure.




The directions were very straight forward, and it went on with no trouble. One interesting thing that we discovered when we took off my old plate, was that one of the bolt housings had actually been broken in half, illustrating the results of having the skid plate screw into the motor.


So with my new skid plate on, I headed to Baja. Before we even got to the dirt, we hit some Vados (which are fords… or  low spots in the road where water can occasionally pass over the road). Imagine you are 250 lbs, and you and your 600+ pound bike and all your gear are riding along at 80 MPH and hit one of these vados. The result is that your nearly 1000 lb mass becomes airborne, and then gracefully touches down a few yards down the road. This happened on more than one occasion, and believe me, the landing isn’t that graceful.  The funny thing is that I figured I would need a solid skid plate for off-road, but never imagined that it might also be useful for highway use.

The next day, we did hit some dirt, and I found out that even off road, they have vados. The difference is that off-road, you might be ripping along and suddenly you hit a dip, and as you begin going up the other side, there is a concrete pad (I guess to help with traction and prevent erosion) that is about 5″ higher than the dirt track you are riding on. First, your front wheel takes a massive hit, then as you reach the top, you become airborne. But now when you land, you might be landing on big rocks and ruts.  On days 3 and 4, I had the pleasure of riding with some of the guys from BARF. These were some of the greatest guys I have ever ridden with. All of them were on dirt bikes, and they had a good time razzing me about where I was going to find a Starbucks in Baja. But I did ride with them, and was determined not to fall too far behind. Now while the 1200 GSA is a tough bike, it is NOT meant to keep up with expert dirt bike riders in Baja. The result was a lot of bottoming out, a flat in my sidewall, and a REALLY good test of my new Black Dog skid plate. Tom even commented that he thought my skid plate was a part of my suspension, because it was absorbing so much impact when I landed. In my case, after 5 days of off-road riding, I think I hit some of everything. The new skid plate was getting a workout. On my oil cooled GS, Black Dog makes a center stand guard that lines up behind the skid plate and actually works with the skid plate.


On the second day on dirt,  I actually tore 3 of the 4 clamps holding the center stand guard in place, so I had to stop riding and take the plate off for the remainder of my trip.

When I got down to Mulege, I sent a message to Kurt and Martha of Black Dog Cycle Works and let them know I was in the area. Before I could get a reply, I took off to ride. About an hour later, Scott and I stopped for a burrito, and who walks in the restaurant but Kurt Forget of Black Dog. How bizarre is that? After eating, we found out that Kurt only lived about 100 yards from where we were eating, so we went over to take a snapshot at the International HQ and get one of the coveted Black Dog South stickers.



My trip to Baja was incredible, and I can’t thank Brad enough for urging me to get the Black Dog skid plate on before my trip, or to Kurt, for making such a remarkable product.

I have no doubt in my mind, that without this skid plate, I would likely have torn the bottom half of my motor off on some of these rides. Not only would I have been stranded 50 miles from cellular phone service, but I would have done $1600 in damage to my bike, and have been stranded in Mexico. The fact that this plate attaches to the frame, instead of screwing into the motor is all the difference in the world. Look at these “after” pictures of my new skid plate and decide for yourself. Could YOUR skid plate sustain these deep impacts?






Look at the crease INSIDE the skid plate! Can you image a stock plate standing up to that? How many bolts do you think I would have sheared on a different plate?

If you are still on the fence about whether or not Black Dog Cycle Works makes the best skid plates out there, let me assure you that you can not find a better plate. I give this the highest rating and urge you to invest in one if you plan to ride off road.



Slimfold Wallet Review

For the last 2 weeks, I have been testing out the Slimfold Wallet.  What caught my attention was that the material it is made from can withstand a simulated 70 MPH motorcycle  crash on pavement.  I immediately though it might be the ideal for motorcycling.

With ADVenture biking, I spend a lot of time in water. Either in rain, or in water crossings, so the fact that it was also waterproof intrigued me.

The company was funded by a Kick Starter project. They have multiple colors and sizes. For my test, I went with the original size, and got the RFID blocker.




  • 6x thinner than leather wallets
  • Fits in your front pocket with an iPhone
  • 5x lighter than leather wallets
  • Only as heavy as what you carry
  • 100% Waterproof
  • Ultra rip-resistant
  • Stronger than leather

Here’s a little video with some of my testing.